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JACOB POTTER, Sports Writer

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Blazing speed by massive defensive linemen and an electric wide receiver class dominated the 2019 NFL Combine.

First you have 303-pound nose tackle out of Alabama, Quinnen Williams, who posted a ridiculous 4.83 second 40-yard dash time at his size.  Then is was Montez Sweat, the 260-pound edge rusher from Mississippi State, breaking the record for the fastest 40 time by a defensive-linemen at 4.41 seconds.  

Putting that in perspective, Sweat ran faster than Julio Jones (4.42), Devin Hester (4.43), Odell Beckham Jr. (4.43) and Darren Sproles (4.46), according to NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show at the combine. Metcalf was the unprecedented standout player across the board. The most remarkable measurement is that the wide out reportedly has 1.6 percent  body fat, according to USA Today (although this is unlikely a misread from the body composition machine). 

Just by looking at a recent photo of Metcalf, one can deduce the wide receiver has the strength of a linebacker and the core of a professional boxer.

“I’ll have to give Eric Metcalf (D.K. Metcalf’s uncle and former NFL running back) a call. [I’ll] be like ‘Hey man, what are you feeding this kid?’  This guy is a monster, an absolute monster,” said ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.

Metcalf ran a smoldering 4.33 40-yard dash at 228 pounds, which was tied for the fifth-fastest time this year, as well as tied for third amongst receivers.

The Oxford, Miss., native also bench pressed 27 reps of 225 pounds (tied for 1st amongst receivers) along with soaring for a 40.5 inch vertical. Metcalf garnered the image as the freak athlete amongst some of the best athletes in the world.

The fastest 40-yard dash time amongst receivers was a tie at 4.31 seconds between Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell and Massachusetts wideout Andy Isabella.

Ole Miss safety Zedrick Woods posted the fastest time at 4.29 seconds, which is just .07 seconds shy of the record held by John Ross who posted a lightning fast time of 4.22 seconds in the combine two years ago.

Notre Dame receiver Miles Boykin went under the radar with a sky-scraping 43.5 inch vertical (tied for 1st) and a 4.42 40-yard dash time.

One of the biggest stars in the draft, Kyler Murray, University of Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, chose not to participate in the combine.

“I’m doing nothing,” Murray said. “I’m just doing interviews. I’ll be doing everything at pro day. I intend to run on pro day.  That’s the timeline that me and my family, my agent, and my coaches felt was best.”

The Cardinals are on the board first followed by the 49ers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers, Giants, Jaguars, Lions, Bills and Broncos to round out the top 10.

Dreams will come true on Thursday, April 25, when the 2019 NFL Draft begins.

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